Extra-Sweet Summer Berries in the Ozarks
This summer, stock up on fresh seasonal berries to make your snack times and baking sprees extra-sweet.
By Katie Pollock Estes
Local you-pick berry farms are hopping (particularly during the month of June) as blueberries, blackberries and sometimes other summer varieties like gooseberries and raspberries ripen to their sweetest potential. This year, make sure you stock up—whether you do the (honestly kind of back-breaking) work of picking them yourself or buy some that have already been plucked from the bush. Farmers markets like Farmers Market of the Ozarks often host local growers selling those summer sweeties.
Once you have a counter full of berries at home, you can get creative with how you use them. Snacking on them plain or tossing them into a bowl of yogurt is a no-brainer. But you can also turn them into adult cocktails or slushies, use them for quick freezer jams or shelf-stable preserves, or just incorporate them into your baking plans. Their colors—deep blues and rich reds—can lend them well to patriotic Fourth of July baking projects like pies and tarts. Persimmon Hill Farm in Lampe is a great place to start if you want to try your hand at picking these sweet, summery pick-me-ups.
Ideas for Using Those BerriesTake a stab at these four sure-bet ways to use fresh summer berries at home.
2 cups frozen berries*
1 cup ice cubes
2 cups lemonade
6 ounces Meadowview
mint to garnish
*We recommend blueberries and blackberries. Wash and freeze them at home for this recipe.
1. Puree the frozen berries in a blender. Add ice cubes to the blender and crush them.
2. Place 1/2 cup of lemonade and 1.5 ounces of gin in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake until cold.
3. Add half cup of berry slush and half cup of lemonade-gin mixture to a glass, gently stir to blend, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve.
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